A little while ago I picked up a blu-ray from the bin with dodgy movies in a local store that had an interesting cover. After watching it and reading about it, I learned that it was from a company called Hammer Film Productions. A new love was born.
Normally I quite enjoy a horror movie exploring the occult, but oh boy, was I wrong selecting The Black Room when Netflix recommended it.
Who would have guessed that behind a movie with the title “The Earth Dies Screaming” sits a hidden gem. To start, yes, the acting is horrible, and the effects of the budgetary constrains are more than obvious. But aside from that this movie has some aces up its sleeve.
The b-movies from the fifties gave us a lot of things to feel scared about. Well true, mostly radioactive monsters. But they didn’t gave us one thing to be really scared about. This gem from the Seventies makes up for it as a population of huge killer rabbits terrorizes the Arizona countryside. Be scared, be fluffy scared!
For movie night it was once again time for a cult classic, and this time one which ticks all the checkboxes for bad 1950 movies. We have a sexy female scientist as a love interest for our hero who really owns the “scream your lungs out damsel in distress” stereotype. A large part of the movie is filled with promotion footage the U.S. Army still had laying around on some dusty shelf. A well known city is in peril. Slow and wooden dialogs. Did I forget something… ah yeah… a giant radioactive octopus.
Sometimes when you start watching a movie, you known within minutes how it’s going to end. ‘The Beast With A Million Eyes’ is such a case, and than some. Not does it only explain the entire plot of the movie during the opening, it also shatters an illusion.